NASA James Webb Space Telescope recently faced an issue about its name. Various critics requested the giant space agency to change the name of its massive telescope.
Around 1,200 astronomers and astronomy experts and various scholars signed a petition to change the name of the gigantic space innovation. Most of the participants are researchers who also want to use the new technology for their upcoming studies.
They claimed that James Webb, the former NASA administrator who became the basis of the giant space telescope's title, discriminates homosexual individuals from government jobs, especially when he was still active.
The retired NASA expert is also believed to show his negative attitude towards LGBTQ members when he served in a high-level position in the U.S. State Department.
NASA James Webb Space Telescope To Retain Its Name
According to NPR's latest report, NASA rejected the recent petition, although there were already many complaints about Webb's government discrimination against lesbian and gay staff back in the 1950s or 1960s.
"We have found no evidence at this time that warrants changing the name of the James Webb Space Telescope," said Bill Nelson, an active NASA administrator.
As of the moment, many space fans are exciting about the new James Webb Space Telescope since it could help NASA make amazing discoveries. These include analyzing exoplanet atmospheres, observe distant stars, as well as to conduct galaxy researches.
Why is James Webb Space Telescope Important?
SciTech Daily reported that there are various reasons why the giant space telescope of NASA is a great technology. These include its capability to identify forming planetary systems.
As of the moment, researchers are having a hard time discovering new planetary systems since these heavenly body formations usually take millions of years before they are completed.
Right now, the solar system is the only known planetary system in the Milky Way Galaxy. Since there are other galaxies outside the Milky Way, it is also likely for unique planetary systems to exist.
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Written by: Griffin Davis